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Agenda item

Update from the Monitoring Officer on the Handling of Complaints

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report presented by Jacqueline Collins, Monitoring Officer, which provided the Committee with an update with regard to the handling of complaints of breaches of the Code of Conduct and the steps taken to consider and respond to allegations that the Code of Conduct for Elected Member has been breached.  Specific cases referred to were:-

 

1.         A complaint that a member of the public had been assaulted by a Parish Councillor following the conclusion of an Annual Parish Meeting.

 

2.         A complaint that a Borough Councillor had breached the Code of Conduct in a number of ways, including having committed misconduct in public office. 

 

3.         A complaint from a member of the public that a Parish Councillor had incorrectly taken the chair at a meeting. 

 

4.         A complaint that a Parish Councillor had manipulated the start time of a meeting and used the Member’s position to confer an advantage. 

 

5.         A complaint that a Parish Councillor had behaved offensively. 

 

6.         A complaint that a Borough Councillor inappropriately failed to exercise his discretion at a meeting.

 

7.         A complaint that a Borough Councillor had acted inappropriately with regard to a commercial concern. 

 

8.         A complaint that Borough Councillors failed to disclose pecuniary interests, in breach of the Code of Conduct. 

 

9.         A complaint that a Borough Councillor acted inappropriately in a Council meeting.

 

10.      A complaint that a Borough Councillor had abused his position in respect of a licensing application.

 

11.      A complaint from a member of the public that a Borough Councillor had failed to disclose an interest in respect of a regulatory matter.

 

12.      A complaint from a member of the public about inappropriate use of Council resources.

 

13.      A complaint from a member of the public about a disclosure of confidential information by a Councillor.

 

14.      A complaint by officers that a Borough Councillor demonstrated inappropriate behaviour to officers.

 

15.      A complaint that a Parish Councillor refused to step down from a position within the Parish Council.

 

16.      A complaint by a Parish Councillor that another Parish Councillor disclosed confidential information

 

17.      A complaint by a Parish Councillor that another Parish Councillor had used her position to confer an advantage.

 

18.      A complaint by a Parish Councillor that another Parish Councillor had acted in breach of the Code of Conduct in that he did not treat fellow Councillors with respect.

 

19.      A complaint by a Parish Councillor that a fellow Parish Councillor abused their position.

 

20.      A complaint by a Parish Councillor that a fellow Parish Councillor breached the Code of Conduct by accusing her of lying in a statement to  the Considerations and Hearing Panel.

 

21.      Several complaints were received from Parish Councillors about the behaviour of a fellow Councillor in Council Meetings.

 

The Standards Committee considered the complaints as submitted.

 

Clarification was sought on the closure of case files when further information requested was not received and whether an alternative approach had been considered.

 

It was also noted that some of the complaints related to matters that could be dealt with by each Parish Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the report be received and its contents noted.

 

(2)  That the actions that have been taken to resolve the complaints be noted.

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